Opera Separates Browser and Ad Businesses
Opera Software today announced the launch of Opera Mediaworks, a wholly-owned subsidiary that will consolidate Opera's mobile advertising entities. Mediaworks houses AdMarvel and Ad Exchange, as well as Mobile Theory and 4th Screen Advertising, two advertising firms it acquired last year. Mediaworks is the new home for the Opera Mobile Store and Opera Payment Exchange, too. Both are platforms provided to network operators, which in turn use them to create services for their own subscribers. Opera's browser business, which includes desktop and mobile browsers, stands apart. Opera recently announced that it would transition its browser products away from its own Presto rendering engine to the more commonly used WebKit platform.
Opera Ad Blocker Now Available to Android, iOS, Windows
Opera updated several of its mobile browsers today, bringing its ad blocking tool to Android, iOS, and Windows handsets. First, Opera refreshed its main Opera browser for Android.
Opera Hopes New Android Browser Will Push Growth
Opera Software today announced a wholly refreshed version of Opera Mini for Android devices. Opera gave the browser a new user interface based on Material Design, which lends the browser a more native look and feel to Android devices.
Opera Brings Mini Browser to Windows Phone
Opera today released a beta version of its Opera Mini browser for the Windows platform. Opera Mini for Windows offers many of the app's core features, such as Speed Dial for favorites and easy-to-navigate tabs.
Opera to Sell Browser Business to Chinese Firms for $600M
Opera Software today scrapped plans to sell its entire business to a consortium of Chinese companies and will instead sell to them its consumer browser business. The original deal, valued at $1.2 billion, would have seen a handful of China-based investment firms take over all of Opera's businesses.